Roundtable Luncheon Discussions
Thursday, September 29

Roundtable luncheon discussions will take place on Thursday, September 29. If you are interested in participating as a roundtable speaker, submit your roundtable discussion proposal online by March 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Enter your name and contact information as the organizer and author. When you submit a roundtable topic, you will be automatically considered the roundtable leader, so you cannot submit more than one roundtable discussion topic.

To aid productive discussion, roundtables will take place in a number of rooms, organized by general theme/topic on Thursday, September 29. Each table will accommodate 8-10 participants. We recommend adding 1-2 key questions to your abstract that participants can prepare for ahead of time.

Lunch will be available for all attendees. During the registration process, you will be prompted to select a discussion table of interest. For those who wish to have lunch without participating in a roundtable discussion, lunch-only tables will be available.

Poster Session *New for 2016
Friday, September 30

A poster session will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 30. Poster sessions are scheduled to provide an opportunity for selected papers to be presented in greater visual detail and should facilitate vivid discussions with attendees.

Presenting a poster offers the advantages of face-to-face extended discussions and the ability to display extensive graphic or tabular materials.

During the session, posters will be on display and poster authors will be present in person. Posters should be set up by 9:00 a.m. and taken down by 4:00 p.m. the day of the session.

If you are interested in submitting a poster abstract, please submit online by April 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Poster Tips

A poster session is a presentation in which materials such as maps, photographs, graphs, charts, and/or tables are posted on a display board along with brief textual summaries of your work. Ideally, a well-constructed poster will be self-explanatory. Successful poster presentations are those that achieve both coverage and clarity.

Coverage: In addition to title/author and abstract, most successful posters provide brief statements of introduction, method, subjects, procedure, results, and conclusions. Ask yourself the following:

  • Have you provided all the obvious information?
  • Will a casual observer walk away understanding your major findings after a quick perusal of your material?
  • Will a more careful reader learn enough to ask informed questions?
  • What would you need to know if you were viewing this material for the first time?

Clarity: People attending a poster session are free to move about from poster to poster and often must view a poster from a distance, making it difficult to read excessive text and small fonts. With this in mind, we recommend you do the following:

  • Use large fonts and limit text to essential information. Place your major points in the poster and have the nonessential, but interesting, sidelights for informal discussion.
  • Keep content simple and communicate clearly.
  • Consider whether the sequence of information is evident. Indicate the ordering of your material with numbers, letters, or arrows when necessary.
  • "A picture's worth a thousand words." Imaginative use of captioned illustrations, photographs, graphs, or other types of visually appealing material is an extremely effective mode of communication in a poster presentation.
  • Make your final conclusions or summary a concise statement of your most important findings.

Each poster display should include a lettered sign giving the title and name(s) of the presenter(s). This sign should be 6" in height with letters at least 2" high in a bold font.

Authors are provided a 4-foot-high x 8-foot-wide (122 cm x 244 cm) bulletin board on which to display a summary of their paper. Authors must remain in the vicinity of the bulletin board for the duration of the session (45 minutes) to answer questions. Note that poster presenters are not supplied with audiovisual equipment or electricity.

Poster Competition
We encourage poster presenters to participate in the poster competition. To allow sufficient time for judging, participants for the poster competition must send an electronic version of their poster to Theodore Lystig at by September 14. The winner of the competition will be announced in the ASA Biopharmaceutical Section newsletter and may be recognized during the plenary session on Thursday, September 29.